The Deerslayer Themes & Symbolism

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Deerslayer makes many distinctions between the Native Americans and the white settlers. These distinctions define the actions he thinks are appropriate for each racial group. His reasoning stands in direct contrast to Harry and Hutter, who do not consider the Native Americans to be people at all, much less people of a distinct cultural traditions.

Religion is a recurring issue in determining the guilt and innocence of the Native American tribes as well as the white settlers. Hetty and Deerslayer both profess Christian values of peace and forgiveness. Often they expand these values to cover all white people, usually with ironic results as the white characters, such as Harry and Hutter, act on the same principles of revenge without the same considerations for honor that the Native Americans have. In particular, Hetty and Deerslayer take offense at scalping. Deerslayer defends the practice among Native Americans where...

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